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Historical Studies Library Guide: Home

A general guide for students in Historical Studies

Chancellor Oppenheimer Library

Library Hours during term areMonday - Thursday  8 am - 10 pm;  Friday 8 am - 6pm;  Saturday 9 am - 5 pm.

Library Hours during vac are:   Monday - Friday 8.30 am - 5 pm;  Saturday 9 am - 12.30 pm.

The library is generally closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.   During exam times, the library is open until 11pm Mondays - Thursdays and on Sundays during this time.

The Hlanganani section of the library is the official afterhours study space.  

However, the libraries' electronic resources are available at any time, from anywhere off campus, through the off-campus log-in on our home page.   You log in using your UCT student number and password  (same one that you use for VULA and checking your UCT email).

You need your student card to be able to come into the Chancellor Oppenheimer Library, and to be able to borrow materials, print or photocopy.   No student card = no entry.

Special Collections

Special Collections is made up of internationally-renowned Africana and other research resources, including videos and sound recordings.  It is housed in the J W Jagger Building, with its entrance on University Avenue. 

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Welcome to your Subject Guide for Historical Studies.  It offers some basic guidance on how to find and use the Library's resources in this subject area. 

 History students, if you need assistance with your research,  please contact me at ingrid.thomson at or by phone 021 650 3703  or drop by the Information Desk to set up an appointment.         

Clive Kirkwood (clive.kirkwood at or byy phone 3123) or Busi Khangala (busi.khangala at or by phone 021 650 3107) in Special Collections are also available for consultations,  while Solvej Vorster (solvej.vorster at or phone 021 480 7135)   is based at Hiddingh Hall.

For quick reference assistance,  please consult the librarians at the Information Desk.